Inherited Mellophone without Valves

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  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    I seem to have inherited a mellophone - it seems in very good straight condition but all the valves are missing. It's in raw brass, apparently a good manufacturer (don't know which maker yet though).

    What my next best step?

    1st suggestion - junk it (I'm somewhat reluctant).
     
  2. frankmike

    frankmike Piano User

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    cut the bell off. than take take some old trumpet ant put the mello bell onto it

    because of the different bore you will have to cut on different places so you will end up with much longer instrument that will be pitched in bA or maybe even G

    But it will sound great -and will look like a monster too

    that is cool
     
  3. tedh1951

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    Hmmmm, I hadn't done anywhere as deep an analysis of my needs as that ... worth a look I suppose? :huh:
     
  4. coolerdave

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    n+1 ... be careful
     
  5. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

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    Maybe you could also suppress and seal valve casings, and get a kind of "natural mellophone" … Hem …:dontknow:
     
  6. tedh1951

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    Do you blokes realise - as funny as your responses are - that you aren't much help yet, but I live in hope. :-)
     
  7. stumac

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    Ted, you have ahead of you one of my exercises in futility.[​IMG]
    go for it, find a beater trumpet and build a frankenhorn.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  8. tedh1951

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    The message is loud and clear - but as a maintainer of old airplanes, to abandon a "machine" just because a few 'bits' are missing pretty much goes against the grain - I am listening, but my bones resist. ;-)
     
  9. frankmike

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    valves are not few parts, its the engine and the gearbox -that is missing

    all you have is chassis
     
  10. frankmike

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    besides, why it is missing valves? -I suppose it is because it probabbly is junk horn anyway so it was caniblised to repair another horn

    Now you want to repair that back. No that would be wrong, you just have to continue to canibalise it until it is all gone

    and repair/modify other non junk horns with it
     

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